This just in from Tacoma Tide FC:
Tacoma Football Club today announces the transfer of ownership of the Tide and the Seattle Sounders Women to a new local group. Tacoma Tide FC of the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League have been purchased by Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy, with former owner/operator Mike Jennings maintaining a minority stake. The United Soccer Leagues (USL) approved the sale of the teams on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
“We are coming on board with the goal of growing these two teams and establishing an even greater connection with their communities,” says Lane Smith. “The Tide and the Sounders Women both represent a strong work ethic as well as stepping stones on the path for our local players in their soccer careers.”
McElroy says the new group promises to work hard for and with local soccer supporters. “The Tacoma Football Club looks forward to the opportunity to increase engagement of the Sounders Women and Tacoma Tide into the Puget Sound community. We plan to work hard to bring more fan and youth involvement as well as business ties to these two local teams and expand the Pacific Northwest’s storied Football tradition. ”
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